Business West to sponsor Candidates Forum July 12

Business West will sponsor a Candidates Forum for the Primary Election from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at the Upper Level of the Jewell Building at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College, 7250 State Ave. The offices and candidates who have been invited to attend include for U.S. Senate, Monique Singh, Patrick Wiesner, Jerry Moran and D.J. Smith; for U.S. Representative, Third District, Reggie Marselus, Nathaniel McLaughlin, Jay Sidie, Greg Goode and Kevin Yoder; for State Representative, 35th District, Broderick Henderson and Kimberly Lampkin; for State Representative, 36th District, Kathy Wolfe-Moore and Gwen Thomas; for State Senate, Fifth District, Bill Hutton and Donald Terrien; for 29th District Judge, Position 7, Vicki Meyer and Courtney Mikesic; for 29th District Judge, Renee Henry, Tony Martinez and Deryl Wynn; and for District Attorney, Mark Dupree and Jerry Gorman. Persons representing the news media and community business associations will ask candidates questions. The Community College will be a co-sponsor of the forum and will broadcast it on its community access channel 17. A replay schedule will be published on the website

Edwardsville announces $60 million development

The Edwardsville City Council recently created a 27-acre redevelopment district near 110th Street and Riverview Avenue. It will include two hotels, a small conference center, a restaurant and a retail sports location. It will also include space for future expansion. The development, which will be called Village South, is seeking tax increment financing.

Plaza at the Speedway plans hotel

Block & Company Realtors recently sold 2.7 acres at the Plaza at the Speedway to Baywood Hotels Inc. at 10922 Parallel Pkwy. It will be a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel. David Block, Alex Block and Max Kosoglad represented the sellers.

Convention and Visitors Bureau encouragesselfies.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau? is encouraging persons to take selfies at one of 20 tourist attractions in Wyandotte County. The attractions include the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn, the miniature train at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, the mascot Sizzle at the Kansas City T-Bones baseball park and several attractions at other locations. The person taking the best selfie will receive a bag of goodies including a $50 gift certificate good at Legends Outlet and tickets for Schlitterbahn. For more information, see the website

Shepherds Center to sponsor Adventures in Learning

The Shepherds Center of Kansas City, Kansas, will host its monthly Adventures in Learning Friday, July 15 at Grace Lutheran Church, 3333 Wood Ave. Sheriff Don Ash will discuss current issues in his office.? A representative from the District Attorneys office will give advice about how to avoid scams. Ed Shutt, a historian, will talk about the history of baseball. For more information telephone Melissa Bynum at 913-281-8908.

BPU receives national award

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities received a Community Service Award from the American Public Power Association during the organizations recent annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The award recognized the BPUs volunteer work, donations, environmental advocacy and civic leadership. The association represents nearly 2,000 municipalities serving 48 million Americans.

Two financial institutions merge

Its official. Inter-State Federal Savings is now First Federal as of May 1.

This combination just makes sense, J.R Buckner said. He is the president of the combined institution. With our similarity as mutual banks and our common mission, were better together.

As of June 1, First Federal had total assets of $669 million including $465 in deposits. It serves 22,000 customers through 11 branches in Kansas and Missouri.

MeMas announces new breakfast menu

MeMas Bakery and Caf at 7720 State Ave in the Wyandotte Plaza Shopping Center is serving breakfast with a new menu including biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza and cinnamon rolls. Orders are accepted from 6:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Curbside pickup is available. Telephone 913-313-7030 to place an order or for more information.

Law firm to offer seminar

The McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips Law firm will offer a free seminar on employment law, general liability and workers compensation starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd.

Those who should attend include human resources professionals, business owners, in-house legal counsel, managers, supervisors and workers compensation professionals. For more information telephone 913-371-3838 or see the website

Dinner at Culvers to benefit scholarship fund

Members of Business West are reminded that Culvers restaurant in Village West will host a benefit for the Business West Endowment Scholarship Fund starting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.? Money raised will go toward a scholarship fund at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College. Business West will help serve dinner and will need volunteers. Thanks to Melissa Bynum for arranging for the benefit.

Agency to hold annual meeting

Wyandot Inc., the parent organization that governs social service and housing organizations, will hold its annual celebration from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Pkwy. A buffet dinner will be served and various awards will be presented. The member agencies of Wyandot Inc. are the Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Kim Wilson Housing Inc., Rainbow Services Inc. (RSI) and the Center for Parent, Adolescent and Child Empowerment Services (PACES).

Ground broken for soccer training center

Ground was broken Sunday, July 10 for the National Training and Coaching Development Center on the southeast corner of 98th Street and Parallel Parkway. Hosting the groundbreaking were representatives from the Unified Government, Sporting Club and Childrens Mercy Hospital. Sporting Club President Robb Heinemann described the $62 million project as a world-class asset. It will include 80,000 square feet of floor space next to 17 soccer fields. The center is expected to be completed by October of 2017. Sales tax revenue bonds will help finance the project.

Business West to publish annual directory

Business West, in cooperation with the Leavenworth Road Association, will publish the 2016 edition of Looking West, which will serve as a membership directory for both organizations and a consumer guide. Attachments to this Bulletin tells the details of the publication.

Members always welcome

All members of Business West are always welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the Business West Board of directors. The board meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Board Room of The Dotte Place Bar and Grill, 8123 Parallel Pkwy. in Arrowhead Center.

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